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Context Conversations

Travel the World from the Comfort of your Home

 

Learning shouldn't stop at home

Context Travel was founded in Rome in 2003 on the premise that travel is the ultimate form of education. Our mission was to invite guests off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture of the world's greatest cities. Our network of scholars and specialists span nearly every cultural capital around the world, and have expertise in thousands of focus areas.

In these unprecedented times, we are heartbroken to not only pause our travel operations, but to watch our experts experiencing lockdowns in their own countries, unable to connect with travelers. We started Context Conversations as a way to continue the dialogue from home. Our Conversations are available both in group seminar format, as well as in one-on-one private form. We have also developed educational content specifically for families and schools to support home-based learning and ongoing adult education. We can't wait to host you.

 
Upcoming Live Seminars
Freud’s Archaeological Obsession with Frederika Tevebring 5.28
Thu, May 28
Live Zoom event
May 28, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Dig into the past (and mind) of Freud through examining his penchant for archaeological treasures with Ancient Studies expert Dr Frederika Tevebring.
Florence Architecture: Brunelleschi with Kate Bolton-Porciatti 5.28
Thu, May 28
Live Zoom event
May 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Learn about Brunelleschi’s miraculous dome and other landmarks of Florentine architecture with a local expert.
Impressionist Paintings & the Musée d'Orsay with Marie Dessaillen 5.28
Thu, May 28
Live Zoom event
May 28, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian to explore the masterpieces of the Impressionist collection at the Musée d'Orsay from Monet to Cézanne to Gauguin.
Volume 3: Roman Emperors: Trajan & Hadrian with Dimo Kosmopoulos 5.28
Thu, May 28
Live Zoom event
May 28, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
After the terrible end of Domitian, the last of the Flavian Dynasty, the senator Nerva became the new Emperor, but only for two years. This is volume 3 after the Flavian Dynasty addressing emperors Trajan and Hadrian.
Daily Life in a Renaissance Palace with Allison Levy 5.28
Thu, May 28
Live Zoom event
May 28, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Delve into 15th century Florence with an art historian to learn more about this majestic Florentine house, Palazzo Rucellai
Prado Museum: Velázquez & Las Meninas with Marta Lopez Beriso 5.29
Fri, May 29
Live Zoom event
May 29, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian for an in-depth reading of the Prado Museum’s most famous painting by Diego Velázquez.
Jewish Portugal: a History with Tiago Neiva 5.29
Fri, May 29
Live Zoom event
May 29, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Trace Portugal’s Jewish history over centuries with a local Portuguese expert, from the settlement of Sephardic Jews to the expulsion of Jews from Portugal.
Treasures of the Borghese Gallery with Cecilia Martini 5.29
Fri, May 29
Live Zoom event
May 29, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
From Raphael to Caravaggio to Canova, join an art historian for a crash course on carefully selected 16th and 17th-century Italian art masterpieces from the Borghese Gallery collection.
The Making of Mexico with Ignacio Reyes Solis 5.29
Fri, May 29
Live Zoom event
May 29, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Mexico City is now one of the biggest cities in the world. Its rich history has shaped it and this conversation will help you to understand why.
The Iced Cocktail: Happy Hour History with Diana Pittet 5.29
Fri, May 29
Live Zoom event
May 29, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
In this happy hour conversation, we’ll examine the social and historical forces, as well as industrial and architectural changes, in New York City that contributed to the birth of the cocktail at the dawn of the 19th century and to its enduring and global impact.
Treasures of the Victoria & Albert Museum with Hattie Bennett 5.30
Sat, May 30
Live Zoom event
May 30, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian to discuss the history and highlights of this fascinating collection.
Rome: an Accidental City? with Dr. Lauren Golden 5.30
Sat, May 30
Live Zoom event
May 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian to discover why the Grandeur of Rome has inspired such adoration over the centuries. Is Rome an accidental city?
Churchill and the War Rooms with Don Brown 5.30
Sat, May 30
Live Zoom event
May 30, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Discover Churchill’s secret WWII bunker in the heart of London as we take you inside the Churchill War Rooms with a historian.
Ancient Egypt at the British Museum with Alan Montgomery 5.30
Sat, May 30
Live Zoom event
May 30, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an authority on the ancient world to discover the Ancient Egyptian collection at the British Museum
Venice: the Doge’s Palace with Sara Grinzato 5.30
Sat, May 30
Live Zoom event
May 30, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore Doge’s Palace with an art historian to learn more about Venice’s centuries-old architectural and historical symbol of power.
Vol 2: Nazi Paris, Life, Love and Death in an Occupied Capital with Nigel Perrin 5.30
Sat, May 30
Live Zoom event
May 30, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Delve into what life was like for Parisians living through Nazi occupation in a conversation with a historian and published author.
Hamilton in New York: A Revolutionary History with Ben Rubin 5.30
Sat, May 30
Live Zoom event
May 30, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a historian to discuss the life of Alexander Hamilton and the city he called home. Explore old New York as it appeared in the late 18th century, experience the transformation from bustling colonial port to the nation’s capital all through the eyes of NYC’s most famous revolutionary figure.
Volume 1: Tower of London with Sean Moran 5.31
Sun, May 31
Live Zoom event
May 31, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore inside the ancient stone walls that have witnessed a thousand years of history with one of London’s renowned Blue Badge Guides.
Bernini vs Borromini: a Baroque Rivalry with Hilary Bockham 5.31
Sun, May 31
Live Zoom event
May 31, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Two of the greatest architects in western history transformed 1600s Rome and gave us the city we still adore. One became the darling of Europe, the other died by his own sword. Why?
Berlin’s Pergamon Museum & Altar with Frederika Tevebring 5.31
Sun, May 31
Live Zoom event
May 31, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Examine one of Berlin’s Ancient Treasures, the Pergamon Altar with Ancient Studies expert Dr Frederika Tevebring.
The Last Supper: da Vinci in Depth with Laura Benitti 5.31
Sun, May 31
Live Zoom event
May 31, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian for an in-depth examination of the life of Leonardo da Vinci with a focus on Milan and the Last Supper
The State Hermitage Museum with Vadim Malinovsky 5.31
Sun, May 31
Live Zoom event
May 31, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a historian on a tour through the rooms of the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace as we trace the fate of favorite canvases of Russian Emperors from their private interiors to the exhibition halls of the museum.
Jewish Amsterdam with Sabry Amroussi 5.31
Sun, May 31
Live Zoom event
May 31, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Trace Amsterdam’s Jewish history over 500 years with a local Dutch expert, from the settlement of Sephardic Jews to the tragedies of WW2.
New England Colonial Architecture with Marc Callis 5.31
Sun, May 31
Live Zoom event
May 31, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an archaeologist and historian to learn more about the evolution of the New England architectural style.
Introduction to Barcelona and the Old City with Guille Genestar 6.1
Mon, Jun 01
Live Zoom event
Jun 01, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Discover Barcelona, its history and rich heritage, through a walk in the old Gothic and Born quarters.
Venice in Peril: A History of Disaster in Venice with Luca Zaggia 6.1
Mon, Jun 01
Live Zoom event
Jun 01, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore how different threats—from medieval plagues to rising sea levels and over-tourism—have posed a threat to Venice through the centuries with ecologist Luca Zaggia
Hidden Vatican: Secret Treasures of the Vatican Museums with Cecilia Martini 6.1
Mon, Jun 01
Live Zoom event
Jun 01, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
The Vatican is hiding all sorts of art treasures from the public. Join an art historian to explore the lesser-known side of the Vatican.
St Paul's Cathedral: the American Memorial Chapel with Don Brown 6.1
Mon, Jun 01
Live Zoom event
Jun 01, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an expert as we visit the American Chapel in London's St Paul's Cathedral
Volume 2: Nazi Paris, Life, Love and Death in an Occupied Capital with Nigel Perrin 6.1
Mon, Jun 01
Live Zoom event
Jun 01, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Delve into what life was like for Parisians living through Nazi occupation in a conversation with a historian and published author.
Tokyo's Edo Past: the Birth of Japanese Cool with Gavin Campbell 6.1
Mon, Jun 01
Live Zoom event
Jun 01, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore Edo Japan's past with a history professor to learn how a city founded on samurai values created one of the most daring cultures of the age.
Lifestyles of the Venetian Rich and Famous: Palladian Villas with Sara Grinzato 6.2
Tue, Jun 02
Live Zoom event
Jun 02, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an art historian on a journey through some of Venice’s most grandeur Villas that hark back to the 18th century. From Palladian style constructions to intricately designed gardens, these villas are a sight to behold.
London's Royal Palaces and Parks with Hattie Bennett 6.2
Tue, Jun 02
Live Zoom event
Jun 02, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
The Royal Palaces in London are amongst the most famous buildings in the world. Join an expert as we discuss the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster and examine the history and uses of these buildings.
D-Day History: Commandos and Rangers with Alex Wilson 6.2
Tue, Jun 02
Live Zoom event
Jun 02, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Take a closer look at D-Day by exploring the role of Special Forces and homing in on two extraordinary stories: 47 Royal Marine Commando taking Port-en-Bessin, and the 2nd Rangers storming the Pointe du Hoc.
The Colosseum and Roman Forum in the Time of the Emperors with Liz Brewster 6.2
Tue, Jun 02
Live Zoom event
Jun 02, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore Ancient Rome with Architect Liz Brewster and learn about the Colosseum and Roman Forum in-depth.
Catalan History: the Struggle for Independence with Biel Heredero 6.2
Tue, Jun 02
Live Zoom event
Jun 02, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a local Catalonian as we discuss the complex history of this particular region of Spain and the Catalan identity.
Fascist Italy: Art, Architecture and the Everyday 1922-1943 with Jennie Hirsh 6.2
Tue, Jun 02
Live Zoom event
Jun 02, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore the evolution of visual and material culture under the Fascist regime in Italy with a local art and architecture expert.
Vol 2: Caravaggio & his St. Matthew Paintings with Sara Magister 6.3
Wed, Jun 03
Live Zoom event
Jun 03, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a Caravaggio author and art historian for in-depth examination of the works of Caravaggio in the Church of St. Louis of the French
D-Day History: Nazi Germany with John Owen 6.3
Wed, Jun 03
Live Zoom event
Jun 03, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join a historian as we discuss D-Day from the perspective of Nazi Germany.
British Education: Oxford University and its Colleges with Victoria Bentata 6.3
Wed, Jun 03
Live Zoom event
Jun 03, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join Oxford graduate and author Victoria Bentata for an introduction to Oxford, its university, and the famous tutorial and college system.
WW2 Florence: a Heritage Battle with Alessandra Becucci 6.3
Wed, Jun 03
Live Zoom event
Jun 03, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Discover how Florence’s incredible masterpieces were protected and saved during WW2.
Vol 1: Portugal's Sintra with Pascal Ansell 6.3
Wed, Jun 03
Live Zoom event
Jun 03, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Discover a Sintra that has attracted an abundance of wealth and invention, learning about a decadent history as serpentine as its flamboyant palaces and winding forest paths.
Georgia O'Keeffe & Frida Kahlo: “Women's art?” with Natalia Zerbato 6.3
Wed, Jun 03
Live Zoom event
Jun 03, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Using the example of Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo we’ll discuss women, art and the influence of these icons in the artworld.
Ancient Roman Spa Days: History of the Baths with Livia Galante 6.4
Thu, Jun 04
Live Zoom event
Jun 04, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Join an archaeologist as she recounts how baths functioned in ancient Roman society with a focus on the Baths of Caracalla.
Women Artists: Forbidden Not Forgotten with Hattie Bennett 6.4
Thu, Jun 04
Live Zoom event
Jun 04, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore the theme of women in the art world with London based art historian Hattie and learn about the evolution of the female artist.
D-Day History: Bletchley Park & Cracking the Code with Don Brown 6.4
Thu, Jun 04
Live Zoom event
Jun 04, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Learn with a historian about the importance of the Bletchley Park story in WW2 and how it cracked the code saving millions of lives.
Vol 2: Versailles & the French Revolution with Sandra Laville 6.4
Thu, Jun 04
Live Zoom event
Jun 04, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
What happened during 100 years of Versailles prominence, and how did the Kings and Queens of Versailles contribute to their own demise in the ultimately tragic French Revolution?
The Architecture of Westminster: Royalty and Power with Chris Scott 6.4
Thu, Jun 04
Live Zoom event
Jun 04, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Explore the rich and diverse architectural history of Westminster, from royal palaces to Government buildings that are representative of the power struggle between Crown and Parliament.
A Special Addiction: Coffee Culture in Portugal and Europe with Pascal Ansell 6.4
Thu, Jun 04
Live Zoom event
Jun 04, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Live Zoom event
Trace the evolution of coffee with a particular emphasis on its history in Portugal and Europe. You’ll certainly be wanting a cup of this historic nectar after.

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